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Overall, I enjoyed working at Microsoft. One downside, a lot of reorgs which can wreak havoc on your career.

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Former Employee - Editor II in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Editor II in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Some groups I worked with have a very high level of competency and creativity.

Cons

The review system can foster a negative environment of competition.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Always be transparent. Encourage commitments that make it clear what 'Excelling' means.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Awesome learning opportunity

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Exposure to full ms technology stack
    Smart folks
    Huge problem spaces to solve
    Great place to network with other developers
    Learn software development here, go work somewhere else later

    Cons

    deep management chains
    frequent re-orgs
    Management doesn't exemplify corporate "values"
    Review system that is decided before you even write your self assessment?!
    Can't use open-source technologies without lengthy approval process. This usually turns into a "Not invented here" mind set, and the next thing you know, you're re-inventing the wheel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Challenging, relevant work with crazy smart people, but also some BigCo inertia

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work with VERY smart people
    Opportunities to learn a lot
    Good work-life balance
    Work on software that millions of people use
    Lots of perks and great benefits

    Cons

    BigCo feel - bureaucratic, lumbering, slow to react
    Too competitive between employees
    Negative perception of Microsoft among users is a downer
    Difficult to rise quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the number of things Microsoft is working on - focus on a few and get them right!
    Get rid of the lame marketing, branding, and advertising

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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